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Driving Difficulties

Hello everyone!
I’m a little hesitant to ask this question, but does anyone have trouble on the road? I’m 23 years old and I still haven’t got my driver’s license yet. In fact, today was my third road test, and I failed to notice this taxi behind me honking at me from the lane I was about to enter. I had checked both my rear-view mirrors and was about to change lanes, when the taxi started honking and I (*insert frustrated growl here*) just picked up speed to go ahead of him. I still can’t believe my reaction. Do any of you have similar problems on the road? Do you feel like you can’t respond fast enough, or when you do you do the complete opposite of what you should have done?
I’m not sure if it’s an A.D.D problem or not, so I never discuss such things with my family. Also, because my folks refuse to acknowledge my A.D.D. and tell me it’s all a matter of focus. This really frustrates me because I’m doing all I can: I meditate, I practice breathing exercises, I even take the recommended Omega-3 supplements and make sure my diet and nutrition have a minimal amount of gluten, fats and artificial colors. And I still find little to no progress. I’m always speeding and making hasty decisions. I’m always inattentive and don’t notice the cars around me. Frankly, I’m not sure I even know how to get focused. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks, everyone.

-R.J

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I have ADD, and my doctor gave me dexamphetamine.  He then told me that it is quite legal because it is prescribed - and - I will be a better driver.

I do tend to hype up a bit when driving. 
When parking or negotiating congested traffic I turn the radio off and tell any passengers to be quiet.  This is because I get distracted by people talking to me - including the radio.

My near misses are rare and are usually dark coloured cars, people in black clothes and so on.

So from that:
1 - get on Dex
2 - turn off the radio and passengers.
3 - if you cannot get dex, eat chocolate and drink Coke or coffee or maybe the *energy* drinks.

Posted by Bob from Cootamundra on Jul 22, 2014 at 2:52pm

Hi R.J.!

There are some strategies you can employ to become a safer driver as an adult with ADHD. The following articles outline these strategies and provide further tips:

http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/904.html
http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/9162.html
http://www.additudemag.com/adhdblogs/8/7171.html

Treating your ADHD is an important component of that too.

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jul 23, 2014 at 12:57pm

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